Originally Posted by Kini62
Dose anyone have any first hand experience with the Diva 4.2 or 5.2 towers and/or center? I can't seem to find any info or reviews on these.
I am interested in these for HT in a small (14 x 13 x 9) room. I need something that is sealed or front ported such as the Divas.
I posted this awhile ago... But I am Still ecstatic about the 5.2f and 4.2 centers..
You can also checkout my reactions over at the TAI web site in the "Swan Dana Spectacular" thread.
I have heard the B&W 802s, 804s & 805s, plus some other really great speakers (Intuitive Design and others). I will vouch for the Swans 100%. There is a lot of speaker for the $ here. They are clean and powerful up and down the frequency range. They sound effortless and go loud very cleanly. They look great and are built very solidly. I think they are an excellent value. Sure there are better speakers (there always are), but if your budget for a pair of fronts is about $1k, Arguably, I don't think you can come up with a better combination - two woofers, mid-range, tweeter, solid cabinet, rosewood veneer, and transparent performance. You won't be disappointed. If you can spend more, there may be other great choices. If you don't care how they look, maybe there are some choices that are about as good. However, I've been listening back and forth with the Swans and another high end bookshelf pair. The bookshelves do *ever so slightly* better in clarity and detail, but without the bass. Returning to the Swans is comfortable and fun every time - no let down and I don't feel I'm missing anything. To do better on the sound, I think you need to spend lots more or get something that doesn't look as good. I find the bass on the 5.2f to be superb, and I think it would be fine without the sub, even for movies. Now a sub can add just a bit more deep notes and rumble - and it works perfect because of the appropriate rolloff of the Swans. But if you are on a budget, the Swans will fit the bass bill with flying colors. If you want more bass and no sub, the 6.2s would be a stellar choice I suspect. What is very nice about the Swans (espcially for Rock) is that they are bold and powerful (not bright and overly forward). They are a VERY good speaker, and if you are considering them do so with confidence. One final note, Jon Lane at TAI is extremely knowledgeable and will answer any questions you have.